The course itself is split into a grounding taught in the first year, that covers mechanics, materials, electricity, waves and particle physics alongside the essential practical skills.
Year two covers includes an optional module on astrophysics and this is often what stimulates the most intense interest amongst students. The second year will also cover periodic motion, thermal physics, nuclear physics and, most importantly, field theories - perhaps the biggest single difference between the physics you have studied and that which lies ahead.
Whilst Physics is an immensely fun subject to study, it is also typically regarded as one of the more challenging (i.e. success here really demonstrates an impressive level of skills & knowledge to a potential employer/university.) Nobody is born very good at these skills, so Physics is a subject where practising expressing your observations, explanations and mathematical findings in a logical manner is exceptionally important.
Across the two years, you will gain a Physics 'A' level that both universities and employers regard as strong evidence of analytical, mathematical and technical skills. What they do not always appreciate is that many of your marks will have come from your ability to express a written argument - perhaps the most transferrable of the skills you will practice.
5 GCSEs at Grade 5 or above which must include English Language
GCSE Physics and Maths at Grade 6. Combined Science at 7.5 may be considered
Physics also requires a student who is willing to ask questions, apply reasoning and logic to problems, and is interested in finding out about the world around them.
After Your Course
A-Level Physics is an enabling qualification for a wide range of science and engineering degree courses and careers. This in turn leads on to the huge number career opportunities, including non-scientific careers, where skills in reasoning and mathematics are valued, such as law, business, accountancy and finance.
The fee displayed is the course fee. Course fees are per year for full-time courses and per course for part-time courses.
There may be other costs associated with this course e.g. kit, equipment, books, trips etc. Financial support may be available to support you with these. See the Student Money pages for more information.
The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2022/23 academic year.
Level 3-6 Courses
Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19 or over and studying an eligible Level 3/4/5 and 6 Course. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.
You may qualify for financial support to cover the cost of a Level 3 qualification if you do not already have a Level 3 qualification (this will depend on the course & your age on 31/08/22).
Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.
The fees displayed are for the 1-year AS-Level course. If you would like to progress onto the full A-Level, please contact us for the cost of the second year as it will be different.
16-18 year olds
There are no course fees if you were aged 16-18 on 31/08/22, and are not studying at another institution.